James Schwertner is a graduate of Texas Tech University. In 1974 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. Mr. Schwertner is President and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Land & Livestock and Chairman of the Board of Schwertner State Bank. He is an airplane and helicopter pilot and holds two Aviation World Speed Records, one in a Piper Navajo and the other in a Citation Jet. In 2015 he was awarded the Texas Aviator or the Year Award.
Mr. Schwertner has served as past chairman of the boards of Cattlemen’s State Bank in Austin (which he organized in 1984), the Jarrell Schwertner Water Supply Corporation and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. He has served as advisory director of Wells Fargo Bank in Austin, president of Taylor Livestock Auction, chaired Building for the Future at Highland Park Baptist Church and the Del Valle Adopt-A-School Program. He is past director of the National Beef Board and the Capitol Area Diabetes Association. He also served on the executive committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, was president of the Texas Livestock Market Association and is currently a member of the Williamson County Water Visionary Committee.
Mr. Schwertner is presently Director of Texans for General Aviation, chairman of the Seton Hospital, Williamson Foundation Board of Trustees, member of the Board of Directors for National Business Aviation Association, and past director of the Texas Beef Council. He is a partner in the Lockhart Livestock Auction and the Mid Tex Livestock Auction in Navasota. He was appointed by Governor Rick Perry as a Regent at Texas A&M University System from 2009-2016, and he is now Regent Emeritus.
Mr. Schwertner was the Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture award in 2017 and the received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Past honors include Man of the Year in Agriculture in Williamson County (1994) and Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture (1995). In 2005, he received the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vision Award.